MISSION  

& VALUES

 

Who We Are

Destination Health is committed to helping people achieve their optimal health and wellness.   We take a comprehensive approach to health, focusing not only  on physical health, but emotional, spiritual, intellectual and community health and wellness.  

 

Our goal is to create a healthy environment that engages the entire community in a friendly, supportive and accessible way.   

Our Values

Quality & Professionalism.   We strive for the highest standard of services so that all of our clients feel that they are moving towards their optimal health. 

Continuous Improvement & Growth.   We always want to get better at what we do.   Please send us feedback at anytime. 

Accessibility.   We believe everyone should get the benefits of a healthier lifestyle and practice.  We aim to offer courses to support individuals from every walk of life. 

Supporting the Community.   Being a locally owned business, we know the value of investing in the community and take efforts to partner and support Mount Desert Island initiatives and organizations. 

Policies & Practices

We love what we do at Destination Health and are excited to share our services with those who call this amazing island home and with those who visit each year. Our policies are designed to meet the needs of the majority of our clients. If you need special accommodations, do not hesitate to bring your need to our attention.

• We provide yoga and fitness equipment free of charge for all classes. 

• Clean indoor sneakers/cycle shoes are required for all fitness classes.

• Please plan to attend the whole class for which you are registered.

• Glass or open containers are not allowed in the studio or sauna.

• Phoning, texting or emailing during class is not allowed. If you need to use your phone, we ask that you please step into the waiting room.

• Our studio also offers other services in addition to classes. Please keep voices down when in the waiting room to avoid disturbing other clients.

• For our attendance policy, please check our FAQs.

 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

What a wonderful asset to our community. DH is very welcoming and the staff is outstanding. Many classes at all ability levels are available. Highly recommend this gem of a place.

Lisa Skiff

After a long, busy week caring for other people's needs Jodi scheduled and tailored a yoga class to meet OUR needs. Several Teachers and myself spent an hour focusing on our well being and restoring our energy. Jodi was gracious, accommodating, and inspiring so much that I carried this feeling of health and renewal into the weekend and still find my mindset has shifted. The studio was perfection from the calming scent as you walk through the door to the arched window overlooking quaint Bar Harbor.

Lori Krupke

We stopped in for spin class on Saturday while being in Bar Harbor for the weekend and it was fun! Definitely challenging and it worked up a great sweat!

Eva Golaszewski

 OUR TEAM 

 

Sheridy has worked in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer and Certified fitness instructor.   She has a B.S. degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Athletic Training from the University of Maine.

Sheridy started Destination Health in Sarasota, FL as a rehab specialist, where she saw a market for people to continue a post therapy program at home after completing physical therapy.

 

After moving to Mount Desert Island and settling down with her family, she carried the vision of Destination health to the beautiful coastal town of Bar Harbor.  Sheridy is incredibly passionate about helping people achieve a balanced approach to health through working on the body, the mind, and the spirit and is committed to creating an environment of positive healthy energy at Destination Health MDI.

Owner & Founder, L.M.T., Personal Fitness Trainer

SHERIDY OLSON

THERAPISTS & INSTRUCTORS

Andrea is an ACE certified Personal Trainer and certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor. As a group and individual trainer, she enjoys bringing her knowledge of body stability, mobility, cardio, and resistance workouts to clients. She trained in mime, ballet, modern and jazz dance for many years and pulls from all of these experiences to tailor exercises to the individual needs of her clients. Blending tai chi, mind/body, high and low intensity cardio, and progressive resistance training, she creates fun and effective workouts. Her energy and sense of fun are contagious.

Partner, Personal Fitness Trainer, Aquatics , Pilates and Tai Chi ,Instructor

ANDREA LEPCIO

Erin was born and raised in the beautiful state of Maine.  She graduated with a masters in Kinesiology and exercise science from the University of Maine and is also a certified Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist.  Erin studied at Asheville School of Massage and Yoga.  She loves to customize a personal experience for her clients using an array of training techniques.

Yoga Instructor

Fitness Trainer

Licensed Massage Therapist

ERIN PARADIS

Spiritual practice has been a nearly 50 year commitment so far, beginning with transcendental meditation in 1971 and adding postures in the 80’s.  I did my teacher training at Kripalu and am an E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance.  

 

Since retiring from full time work as an educator ten years ago , I have spent a major part of each day devoted to Yoga: postures, ethical guidelines, classic texts, and meditation.  I am so grateful for the amazing master teachers who have guided me over the decades on this path and relish in new learning each day.  

 

When I teach asana, I draw upon my study and practice  of Patanjali Yoga and many forms of meditation.  I am active in the year-round community as a teacher of meditation, including modern shamanic meditation.  As a cancer survivor, I also have experience and training teaching both asanas and meditation to cancer survivors.  

 

It is all about the practice and finding the one that works for you.  Join me for much more than just asanas!

Yoga Instructor

RICHARD PARKER

Dennis is continually inspired by the inquiry of how to be awake in the world. Growing up on the Island, his path led him across varied landscapes to learn different traditions, study with diverse teachers, and get more experience/training in some of the many approaches to waking up. Some of these experiences include living at Kripalu for a year and taking their yoga Teacher Training, completing his masters degree in Integral Counseling Psychology at CIIS in San Francisco, and acquiring an Executive Certificate in EcoPsychology.

He is grateful to have been part of the Cattitude community and now at Destination Health as a teacher and group facilitator. His teaching style incorporates mindfulness, yogic philosophy, Taoism and Buddhism. Dennis is also a clinician at COA and works in private practice offering Integrative Wellness, a mindfulness and holistic approach to counseling and coaching.

Having seen many parts of this country, Dennis couldn’t be happier that his home is among the great mountains, waters, forests and people of MDI. He loves to spend his time outdoors, whether it is hiking, biking, tending his fruit trees or growing organic garlic. It is his abiding blessing to be married to fellow yoga teacher, Johannah Blackman.

“The truth is that you are already what you are seeking. Don’t think that awakening is the end. Awakening is the end of the seeking, the end of the seeker, but it is the beginning of a life from your true nature.” -Adyashanti

Yoga Instructor

DENNIS KILEY

Maija is a licensed massage therapist, with experience in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal Massage, athletic training and credentials as a Division I college athlete. She studied Massage Therapy at the Acadia School of Massage in Bar Harbor, ME.  Maija is also a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer and teaches group cycling classes. In addition, Maija also has a black belt in Martial Arts. She grew up on Mount Desert Island, and continues to live in the area throughout the year and looks forward to helping our community members achieve a balanced, healthy life.

Partner, Licensed Massage Therapist,

Personal Fitness Trainer, Spin/TRX Instructor

MAIJA D. LEYENDECKER

My classes are a blend of slow flow, alignment, and release. I am extremely approachable and my teaching style connects with beginner and advanced students alike. A safe, mindful yoga practice is offered where each student is invited to modify and explore the potency of intentional breathing and movement. My hope is each of us then step off the mat with connection to our own resilience and to the transformative power of our breath.

In 2009, after a 15-year personal practice rooted in vinyasa flow and buddhist meditation, I streamlined my professional life and yoga practice by completing a 200-hour teacher training. I have since added additional teacher training in prenatal and postpartum yoga, anatomy and physiology including a 4-day untreated cadaver dissection, 60-hours on shoulder anatomy, dysfunction, and applications as well as multiple one-day and weekend workshops around yoga and wellness.

I delve into the heart of the practice on a daily basis, both on the mat and as a mama while also managing a gardening business. My thirst for knowledge extends into two particular areas- anatomy (currently, fascial systems and one-on-one therapeutic applications) and the effect breath work has on stress release (physical and mental). I am currently completing a 500-hour Yoga Medicine teacher certification with Tiffany Cruikshank. In addition, my family of four and time in nature are forever teaching me how to better communicate, connect, and serve.

My practice has definitely evolved over the years - from a vigorous vinyasa flow and meditation practice to a more balanced effort and eased approach with flow and restorative, yin, self-myofascial release, and meditation in the steady mix. My classes offer slow flow, alignment, and release. My private classes offer each student an individualized practice to nourish, heal, and empower.

 

 

 

Jodi Sargent

www.jodisargent.com

207-664-9195

Yoga Instructor

JODI SARGENT

Jena comes from a dance background and developed a love for movement and group exercise at a young age.  She has been passionate about fitness & wellness her entire life and loves to help others with theirs.  Jena is trained in the Barre Sculpt method and has been teaching fitness classes for 3 years.  Her positive mindset and focused attitude will help you to find your greatest potential and to reach your personal goals while having fun. 

Barre Fit Instructor

JENA YOUNG

Emily discovered the practice of yoga nearly two decades ago and fell instantly in love. Drawn to the physical as well as the spiritual and philosophical aspects of the practice, Emily finds yoga to be the greatest gift as it is a constant invitation to deepen your knowledge of self each time you step onto the mat. In 2009 Emily traveled to India for training at the Himalaya Yoga Valley Institute where she received her 200 hour teaching certificate. She has since taught classes on Mount Desert Island as well as the Cranberry Isles. Teaching yoga provides a beautiful balance between the anatomy health and wellness focus of her work as a registered nurse and her deep interest in the experience of living fully as an embodied spiritual being. Drawing from the many schools of yoga she has practiced over the years as well as the depth of knowledge gained from the amazing teachers she’s had along her journey, Emily hopes to keep the practice both accessible and playful. 

 Yoga Instructor, Licensed Massage Therapist

EMILY WRIGHT

“Yoga has given me so much; it has brought me to a more mindful and healthy version of myself. My goal is to help others thrive through nurturing their body, mind and soul with yoga, coming out refreshed, inspired, and balanced after each class.”

Kate has been a practitioner of yoga for more than 15 years, spanning several different schools and studies.   From Bihar training in Nepal to Ayurveda at Kripalu, her philosophy and approach to yoga centers around understanding and honoring the origins and traditions of yoga.   She is known for her compassionate, non-judgmental teaching style and perpetual curiosity, applying ancient wisdom to the modern world in a useful and understandable way.

Yoga Instructor

KATE STITHAM

    FAQs    

 

We use the MINDBODY Online System for class registration and payments as well as online purchases. You can create an online account the first time you register for a class or make an online purchase.

 

You can also click here to sign up.  Or simply go to the homepage, click on Login ⁄ Register and follow the instructions.

How do I sign up with Destination Health?

1.

To accommodate all of the clients that want to attend a fitness or yoga class, we have a 12-hour cancellation policy on all classes. This allows those on the waitlist to be notified in time to attend a class.  You can cancel your reservation via your MINDBODY account up to 12 hours prior to the start of class.

If you cancel less than 12 hours before your registered class or are a no-show:

  • Clients with an unlimited class pass will be charged a $14.00 fee for yoga classes or $12.00 for fitness classes.

  • Clients with a class pass will be charged as if you had attended the class.

  • As a courtesy, you may cancel your reservation with less than 12 hours before class to open the space for another client in the class, but the late cancellation policy is still applicable.

 

Massage, Sauna, and private or small group sessions require a 24-hour cancellation. Less than 24 hrs notice requires payment of the full price of the scheduled session.

If you are unable to attend a class due to an emergency, email us at info@destinationhealthmdi.com.

What is your cancellation policy?

2.

Class packages and unlimited memberships are non-transferrable and cannot be used by any other individual than the one purchasing it.

 

You may purchase a gift card for another individual in our shop.  

Can I share or transfer passes with someone?

3.

We try our best not to cancel, and if the weather allows, we will hold classes in our schedule.

In the case of a yoga or fitness class cancellation, we will post on our Facebook page and on MINDBODY in our schedule.

How do I know when class has been cancelled due to weather?

4.

The Destination Health Studio is located on Main Street in Bayside Plaza. Parking is available in the Bayside Plaza parking lot behind the studio and the municipal parking lot accessed by West Street. On-street parking is also available.

Winter Parking→Please park in the Bayside Plaza parking lot behind the studio. Bayside Plaza uses gates on the Cottage Street and Main Street entrances during the off-season and they are not opened until 10am and are closed at 6pm.

Where do I park?

5.

Yoga mats and other accessories required for class are all provided free of charge.  This includes: blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, weights, and so on.   If you have specific questions about what is provided, please don't hesitate to contact us. 

Some products are also available for purchase at the studio.   See our shop for more information. 

Do I have to pay for a yoga mat?

6.

Didn't find what you were looking for?  Contact Us for more information

Destination Health MDI

207•288•3121

53 Main Street, 2nd Floor Bayside Plaza, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

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